Tskaltubo lies in Khoni, some kilometers outside of Kutaisi. The place was built as a luxury SPA for the top politicians in the Soviet Union by Stalin in the early fifties. Today it has lost some of it's dignity.
around in Stalins SPA.

Text and photo
Eistein Guldseth, 2006
    The grand entrance.  
        IT'S AMAZING
what you can accomplish with a few phone calls. You even manage to get a guided tour in Stalin's SPA, the famous sulfur baths and health farm in Tskhaltubo where the Soviet top-guns used to go for treatment. Beluga Caviar and champagne accompanied sinister conversations in this bubbling and hot bathtub.Tskhaltubo is a spa resort in west-central Georgia. More precicely in Imereti

The SPA is a large complex of buildings for recreation and treatment of different kinds. The resort's focus is on balneotherapy for circulatory, nervous, muscular-skeletal, gynecological and skin diseases, but since the 1970s its repertoire has included "speleotherapy", in which the cool dust-free environment of local caves is said to benefit pulmonary diseases.

An unique SPA
Tskhaltubo has no comparison around the world due to its mineral-radon water with a natural temperature of  +33-35 0C which allows the water   to be used without preliminary heating. The mineral water is used as an effective treatment for rheumatism, loco motor organs, neurological, gynecological and cardiovascular diseases. Tskhaltubo has 20 large health centers, first class baths, diagnostic and therapeutic clinics and laboratories. The mild climate and warm winter attract tourists annually

Most popular in the Soviet era.
Tskhaltubo was especially popular in the Soviet era, attracting around 125,000 visitors a year. Bathhouse 9 features a frieze of Stalin, and visitors can see the private pool where he bathed on his visits. Currently the spa receives only some 700 visitors a year, and since 1993 many of the sanitarium complexes have been devoted to housing some 9000 refugees, primarily women and children, displaced from their homes by ethnic conflict in Abkhazia.

A secret enttrance for the top dogs
The prior soviet top dogs came in through the backdoor, went straight into the pool and stayed there for as long as they needed. Then straight from the pool they sat down in soft leather chairs, wrapped in towels, relaxing. Nowadays both common people and celebrities frequently visit this particular pool for exactly the same treatment (maybe not?). But they come in the front door.

Tskhaltubo is definitely worth a visit if you have the spare time. You will meet a very friendly and professional staff, and you might just get some new ideas sitting in Stalins bathtub wondering what they were talking about during the cold war.

Sources: Wikipedia

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The original SPA where Khrushchev and Stalin relaxed.

A magnificent interior greets the guests.